PROMOTION: Kate Osamor
EDMONTON MP Kate Osamor said she is “delighted” to have been appointed junior shadow minister for women and equalities less than a year after her election win in the north London borough.
Osamor, who has now been promoted to the front bench of the Labour party following a highly-publicised reshuffle this month, will join shadow women & equalities spokesperson Kate Green MP, Cat Smith MP and Baroness Morgan.
“I was delighted to accept this position,” Osamor said. “Since I joined the House of Commons, I have been seeking to highlight in the Chamber the disproportionate effect many government policies have had on BME communities and working-class women.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who won a landslide victory in the leadership election in September, initially appointed Osamor as his Parliamentary Private Secretary after she was one of MPs who put his name forward for the leadership race last summer.
Since then, Osamor has consistently used her voice as an MP to speak out for the most vulnerable in society; using her speeches in debates to highlight the impact policies will have on BME communities and working-class women.
She has been actively involved in campaigning against Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre: she visited the centre in November 2015 and led a debate on healthcare in Yarl’s Wood at the beginning of this month.
“I am looking forward to adding my voice to a strong team and working together to hold the government to account on equality issues,” she added.
The women and equalities team said they were “very pleased to welcome new junior Shadow Minister Kate Osamor MP”.
“Women and Equalities is a priority for this Labour administration and we are delighted to have the extra capacity in the team to take forward the equalities agenda,” they said.